Private Ernest Benjamin Angel

Pte Ernest Bernard Angel, 31465, 91st Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), died in Abbeville Hospital in France on May 25th, 1917, from wounds sustained on the battlefield. Before his death, he had already had his right arm and leg amputated.

The son of George and Ada Angel, of Marson Place, Stopsley, he was born in the village in 1898. He had initially served in the Beds Regiment (No. 23521).

He is commemorated on the Stopsley War Memorial and was included on the former Park Street Baptist Church Memorial.

Private Arthur William Fensome


Pte Arthur William Fensome, 6485, 71st Company Machine Gun Corps, died on September 27th, 1916, from wounds sustained on the Somme.

Born in 1888, he was the eldest of ten children of Samuel Fensome and his wife Ellen (nee Summerfield), of Ramridge End Lane [now Ashcroft Road], Stopsley. He enlisted in 1915, having previously worked for Bracey Bros, dyers, of 28 John Street, Luton.

Private William Hawkes


Pte William Hawkes, 26095, 56th Protection Company, Royal Defence Corps, was killed by a bomb dropped from an airship at Willian, Herts, on October 1st-2nd, 1916. He was perhaps the only person from the Luton area known to have died as a direct result of a World War 1 air raid.

He was buried in the churchyard at St Thomas's Church, Stopsley on October 7th, leaving a widow, Elizabeth, and family living at Ramridge End. His gravestone says he was aged 56, but inquest reports give his age as 43.

Private Sidney George Peters


Pte Sidney George Peters, 26088, 9th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, died on September 9th, 1916, from wounds sustained in action on the Somme.

The news about their eldest son reached his father George and mother Alice at their home in Bury Road [now St Thomas's Road], Stopsley, two weeks later through an army chaplain at the No 36 Casualty Clearing Station in France. The wounds Sidney had sustained were so grievous that moving him was an impossibility, they learned.

Sergeant Nelson Thomas Pike

Sgt Nelson Thomas Pike, was the fourth son of Joseph Peplar Pike and Agnes Pike of Someries Farm Luton. Nelson was born in 1889 in Hilperton Wiltshire, where his father was a farmer.

In 1911, Nelson was working as a Chauffeur for the family of Edward Welton, a Stockbroker who lived in St. Albans.

Nelson joined the A.S.C. as a driver, and was continually engaged in the transport of ammunition and supplies from the railheads to the front line depots, a risky occupation that was open to shellfire and the occasional explosion of ammunition under transit.

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